- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A 32-year-old man placed under house arrest for drug-related charges fled his Livorno home and begged police to keep him behind bars. The reason?

His nagging wife was driving him crazy, he told Italian police, Breitbart.com reported.

So rather than serve out his time at home, Walid Chaabani broke from his house and ran right into the arms of the Carabinieri, the name for Italy’s military police force, and asked them to put him behind bars.

He told police he was “tired of continuously fighting with his wife,” Breitbart said. And he “asked explicitly to be put back in prison,” as “living with his wife” had become “particularly difficult and unbearable,” he said to police.

Mr. Chaabani won his plea. Court officials granted him an imprisonment order, and he was transported to jail to serve the remainder of his time. Curiously enough, this isn’t the first time police have fielded such a request.

Last June, a 19-year-old man facing the same situation — house arrest — also asked for jail time. The New Zealand Herald reported. His reason: He was tired of playing Xbox video games. In that case, also, the judge granted the request and the Whangarei man was allowed to serve the final month of his yearlong incarceration in Ngawha Prison.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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